Recent Topics
Must read for everyone watching their diet
by JLTD
06/22/18 11:28 PM
2014 Mazda5 Valvoline Synpower 0W-20 7500 miles
by PWMDMD
06/22/18 10:54 PM
VOA Ravenol ECS 0W-20
by PWMDMD
06/22/18 10:47 PM
2020 mid-engine Corvette spy vid?!
by AZjeff
06/22/18 10:45 PM
'05 base impala. NO turn signals.FAST blinking.
by Lee4212
06/22/18 10:34 PM
Motul 15w-50, 5 Liter 4 Pack $19.42
by hatt
06/22/18 10:10 PM
High Lead Redline 5W40 thoughts? Ty
by Pajero
06/22/18 09:40 PM
Source of the Mighty Columbia River
by Snagglefoot
06/22/18 09:32 PM
Another thick/thin article to discuss
by JLTD
06/22/18 09:23 PM
Ethylene Glycol Long Life Coolant for KUBOTA
by pburchett
06/22/18 09:11 PM
Mobil 1 5W-30, 6,200 mi, 2017 2.3 EB Explorer
by Whimsey
06/22/18 08:48 PM
Chevron 10w-40, 97 Nissan Maxima, 3000 miles
by OilGeek91
06/22/18 08:36 PM
Old green antifreeze in garage storage is gelling
by JLawrence08648
06/22/18 08:32 PM
VWs at Pick n Pull
by Eric Smith
06/22/18 08:17 PM
Single Data Point: CK-4 destroys the flat tappet
by Gokhan
06/22/18 08:12 PM
Breaking in new short block
by Bub
06/22/18 07:00 PM
Should I buy a mill or a drill press?
by Vern_in_IL
06/22/18 06:32 PM
Weber Q300 Grill Parts Help
by gathermewool
06/22/18 05:24 PM
I Had To Tell Somebody- Banquet
by Zee09
06/22/18 05:13 PM
Xfinity mobile cell service
by jay929
06/22/18 04:37 PM
Newest Members
azzid0906, OilGeek91, DRancher, Newuser, Varbill
65299 Registered Users
Who's Online
63 registered (Aero540T, 2015_PSD, Bub, 4WD, aquariuscsm, 8 invisible), 1063 Guests and 35 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
65299 Members
67 Forums
285813 Topics
4769855 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#4468785 - 07/24/17 09:55 AM First chainsaw
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
Just purchased an Echo CS-490 chainsaw and can find not one word about break-in throughout the Instruction Manual.

I've got the Echo gas/oil mix and the Echo chain and bar oil. If no one has any specific knowledge about the break-in process I'm going to run a tank full of fuel at various speeds with no cutting and a tank of fuel with some very light cutting while being careful to vary the speed and gradually increase the work load.

Also, I find that tension adjustment instructions are vague. I'm used to seeing something like, always have a half inch gap. Any ideas?

I purchased the chainsaw directly from Home Depot because they gave me $75 off if I accepted an HD credit card which I'll pay off as soon as the card arrives in the mail.

Top
#4468795 - 07/24/17 10:02 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
Canadastang Offline


Registered: 12/08/15
Posts: 261
Loc: Ontario Canada
You're overthinking the break in process. Just run it, that little two stroke won't care how it's run. It really doesn't need to be broken in, and if anything it's bad for a saw engine to be run with no load, you risk overrevving. Fill it up with gas/oil and b&c oil and get cutting.

Also, If the carb's adjustable, make sure it's tuned properly and not running too lean, otherwise your saw will last about an hour. Ask me how I know lol.

IMO half an inch gap is waaay too much. I always set my saw chain tight enough so that when I pull the chain away from the bar there's a gap about the thickness of a dime, so very small.

A half inch gap, you'll probably be tossing the chain off every few minutes.

Top
#4468797 - 07/24/17 10:03 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
_________________________
Multiple Diesel and Gasoline vehicles

Top
#4468801 - 07/24/17 10:05 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: Canadastang]
Canadastang Offline


Registered: 12/08/15
Posts: 261
Loc: Ontario Canada
Oh yeah, forgot to mention in my last post:

BE SAFE!

If you don't have safety equipment (eye, ear hand and foot protection and even chaps) get some now!

Read the manual on cutting instructions and DO NOT CUT WITH THE KICKBACK ZONE!!!!

Consider a chainsaw safety course if there's one available in your area.

Top
#4468805 - 07/24/17 10:12 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10989
Loc: Idaho
Engine break in is let the engine run a bit then start cutting.That is break in. Chain adjusting is not too tight and as the chain warms up it will get looser you cut so you will learn that qiuck. Be careful and safe. Chainsaws are easy but can bit you real quick if you let them. Also learn how to sharpen the chain a sharp chain in very important.
_________________________
"Don't let your preconceived notions get in the way of facts."
Geoff Metcalf

Top
#4468806 - 07/24/17 10:12 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
Panzerman Offline


Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 4203
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
I watched YouTube videos on how people break in New Chainsaws and I feel they are just wasteing thier time.
Just run it. Seriously, I have run all my two stroke small engines in hard without issues. My last weed eater I had for 23 years. My wife bought me a new Echo and I run it in the same.
_________________________

2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Hemi 4x4
2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack

Top
#4468808 - 07/24/17 10:14 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: Canadastang]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Canadastang
Oh yeah, forgot to mention in my last post:

BE SAFE!

If you don't have safety equipment (eye, ear hand and foot protection and even chaps) get some now!

Read the manual on cutting instructions and DO NOT CUT WITH THE KICKBACK ZONE!!!!

Consider a chainsaw safety course if there's one available in your area.


THIS ^^^

Most accidents seem to happen when a person is just going to make a quick cut with the saw and they fail to put on all of their safety equipment.

There are no minor injuries with a chainsaw.
_________________________
Multiple Diesel and Gasoline vehicles

Top
#4468815 - 07/24/17 10:24 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
I have the Echo chaps and gloves, face mask with safety glasses and ear muffs.

When I was a freshman in college I worked the summer clearing trees with a chainsaw that were damaged by a forest fire. There were specific instructions about adjusting the chain and it was much more involved than this Echo. Also, the Stihl chainsaw was very heavy and powerful. I think this Echo is going to work just fine.

Top
#4468822 - 07/24/17 10:39 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 3057
Loc: n.c.
I bought an Echo CS-450 just over a year ago. Great saw. If you use the Echo Powerblend oil, Echo will extend your warranty to 5 years. At least they were offering the extended warranty when I bought mine.

Top
#4468835 - 07/24/17 10:49 AM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4858
Loc: Houston, Texas
No break in needed, but chances are it will need the carb adjusted. Mine would stall if you nailed the throttle. Too lean.
_________________________
2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.


Top
#4468914 - 07/24/17 12:51 PM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4220
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
+1 on the break-in comments. Just cut with it, no need for special break-in.

Also, make safety a habit. It sounds silly, but if you always do things in a safe manner, it will become second nature and you won't get hurt. Too many horror stories from someone just doing something because it was quicker without safety gear.


Also, how often will you be using it? If you won't be using it often, I highly recommend using the pre-mix tru-fuel ethanol free gas. The oil/fuel mix is spot on, and you never have to worry about ethanol gas problems. I recommend it to a lot of my customers who rarely use their 2 stroke equipment. The few bucks more you spend on the tru-fuel is worth not having the aggravation of carb problems.


Edited by jeepman3071 (07/24/17 12:53 PM)
_________________________
2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (180k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (32k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X

Top
#4468951 - 07/24/17 01:27 PM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
BrianF Offline


Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 551
Loc: Sask, Canada
Just monitor chain run in and keep it where the others said for how tight.

Learn to hand file. It takes a few minutes and this will help with kickback. The locals want 8-12 bucks to sharpen a chain. Sure.... I think I spent like 40 bucks and got a stump vise (mounted on a sturdy wood block), a proper round file, Husqvarna file guide (stupid easy to use) and a flat file with a depth gauge. I touch up the chain every few tanks or so and my little 445 throws some decent chips.

Stay safe and have some fun!
_________________________
2006 Trailblazer LT. Castrol Edge with Fram Ultra.
2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
1993 GMC 1500. It has oil and still runs

Top
#4468996 - 07/24/17 02:24 PM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
I'm good with all the safety stuff, chaps and all. When I was in college working to clear forest fire damaged trees I had a square shank nail that was embedded and completely covered come flying back and hit my face shield. The face shield exploded into several pieces and it knocked my hard hat back. My hard hat safety glasses made a mark across my forehead and I was not injured other than having quite a scare. This was a much bigger, more powerful chainsaw but they are all dangerous. The safety gear saved my eyes, my face, and my life. The face shield and safety glasses along with that old fashioned nail were used in a display at the Ranger station where people take the safety course. If you don't have time to get suited up, you should not use the chainsaw. It's pretty simple.

Top
#4469076 - 07/24/17 04:25 PM Re: First chainsaw [Re: OneEyeJack]
Wheel Offline


Registered: 12/22/11
Posts: 570
Loc: Upstate NY
If anyone hasn't seen it, the US Forestry Service has a chainsaw operations guide.

Their webpage is at https://www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/regulations-policies/saw-policy

My Step-Dad scares the stuffing out of me when he runs his saw. I've taken the classes, he hasn't/won't.
_________________________
2009 Subaru Legacy (N/A)
Castrol Edge and Subie (Fram) filter

Top